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The Lady of the Tower Paperback – January 30, 2016
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About the Author
Elizabeth St.John was brought up in England and lives in California. She has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, to Castle Fonmon and The Tower of London Although her ancestors sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it's hard to keep a good castle going these days), Lucy and her family still occupy them - in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint.
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The reign of James I was a tumultuous one and it was difficult for those who were around the Court to keep their heads, their careers or their virtue. For Lucy however the danger and animosity came within her very own family - her sister Barbara leading the pack, hating Lucy with a vengeance even when it seemed that there was no reason for Barbara who had it all to be jealous of Lucy.
Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk but it was not to be and she had to find a path for herself. Most women of the time would have fallen into the arms of any other man but Lucy had ideas that with her wealth of knowledge of plants and herbs, ample knowledge of the medications of the time that she could forge a life for herself. It was not exactly how it turned out to be but she did find a faithful husband and had an eventful life within the Court.
Not a smooth one though. Her husband was drawn into scheme after scheme by the King and lost everything and Lucy was once again bereft. In a world full of scheming women and men Lucy had to fight to stay afloat, now not just for herself but for her young family.
Descriptive of the Court and the intrigues of the Duke of Buckingham who literally ruled the court and King James, the story of Lucy's life from the time she was a little girl was a very emotional read.
For lovers of historical fiction, this book is a must.
The story is beautifully written with lyrical descriptive passages about Lucie's talent for making medicines from the plants in the garden she tends so lovingly. The recipes are taken directly from Lucie's surviving diary.
This is a captivating tale of great interest to anyone who likes historical fiction, or has a specific interested in the court of 17th century England, and wants to know what really was going on behind the scenes of these very famous families including the king and his favorites. The court was a treacherous and fickle place and a reader can really feel how hard the navigation of that society must have been. I enjoyed reading this finely written story about a young strong-willed woman at a time when that was not the norm. Highly recommend!
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